alexisavoire wrote:Is anyone else worried sick?
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
There are quite a few sorts of bee. Some of the solitary species are extremely resilient.
Einstein must have known of the existence of bumble bees, but maybe not orchard mason bees etc. As a physicist, he was used to cutting variety down to its essence, then extrapolating as far as possible from that essence, a technique that doesn't work as well in ecology.
That isn't even touching the subject of lepidoptera, bats, birds, etc.
Native populations of pollinators are worth about $3 billion to California agriculture alone. If honeybees were to suddenly vanish, it might be decades before we learned enough about insectiary borders and shelter belts to completely make up the difference, but I guarantee there would not be a total, worldwide crop failure within the segment of crops that honeybees can pollinate. Released from competition with honeybees, some varieties of native pollinator might even explode in population, especially with such a large economic incentive supporting their care. Farmers also respond to ecological realities, and any species that truly depends on honeybees might find itself suddenly replaced by species that can be pollinated by other means.
paul wheaton wrote:(anybody have more?)
paul wheaton wrote:
(anybody have more?)
Bees pollinate about one-third of humanity's food supply.
woodinvilledave wrote:Not that i'm pitching any product
brice Moss wrote:
and you've finally forced me to become a you tube member so I can comment and vote on your bloody vids
look out for echoslopes
Burra Maluca wrote:
Maybe you just have to be patient and give it time. Lots of time. You're ahead of your time Paul - the rest of the world has to catch up a little.